Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pyritized Crinoid Calyx Cup

This fossil appears to be the bottom of a Lyriocrinus calyx cup found in the Waldron Shale of Clark County, Indiana. It is dated to the Middle Silurian Period (425-419 million years ago).  The reason I identified it as Lyriocrinus as I found another cup nearby. The most common crinoid cup found is the Eucalyptocrinus which is this layer's index fossil. Fossil is about 3 cm wide.